Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Sipping Marsala

Marsala, the Pantone Color of the Year, was met with a pretty chilly reception around blogland when it was announced, yet I was kind of anxious to play with it a bit. I had gathered a few fabrics as possibilities and was mulling over what to do with them when I flipped through Alex Ledgerwood/teaginny Designs new book, Improvising Tradition: 18 Quilted Projects Using Strips, Slices, and Strata, and saw IT. That being her En Pointe Wall Hanging, with its slashed blocks reminiscent of a traditional rail fence.

The fabrics I ended up using were Essex Linen in Natural, Kona Sienna and Brick (the closest I've come to my Pantone Marsala swatch), and 2 luscious Kaffe Fassett Shot Cottons, a Terra Cotta and a Multi Stripe "Parma".

There's something about these blocks that is low-stress and satisfying, not something I can say about all improv. Here they are on my gray design wall, nighttime lighting and all.
I really would be happy just making more blocks, but decided I'd stop here and see what I could come up with. The first layout below is most like Alex's, but I rearranged my blocks a bit just to see if there was anything else I liked as well.


I may do something totally different, we'll see, but so far this little dalliance has been invigorating. Not quite what you'd expect from reddish brown, is it? {wink}

Linking up with W.i.P. Wednesday.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Just about ready to leave the office yesterday, I texted hubby, "You up for meeting me at the U-Haul?" Yes he was, and no, we're not moving. But I had noticed their diamond-clad wall a couple of weeks ago, and I had my heart set on taking a photo of my latest FAITH Circle finish with that wall as a background. Don't worry. I asked permission, and before long I had what I was after.
The blocks are 11 1/2" (unfinished) intersection blocks, tutorial by Film in the Fridge, and I admired them from the second I saw Ashley post them. Frankly, I think they are perfect for a group bee such as this, and my FAITH Circle girls hit my chosen palette perfectly. 

For backing, I went stash-diving and came up with 2 pieces of Simply Color by Vanessa Christenson of V and Co., and lo and behold, did they not look terrific pieced together.
Quilting was done with Aurifil 50wt #2021 (Natural White) in a grid, double stitching in some areas, single in others, and honestly, it was a pleasure to do.
Binding is hard to see well, but is Joel Dewberry's Notting Hill Frames in Fern, a sweet aquamarine and citron geometric print - one of my favorites in the line.
The quilt finished at 55"x55", and once I get a do.Good Stitches label on, it'll be off to Restore Innocence, our bee's chosen charity. There, it will hopefully bring a smile to a young girl's face, just like it has to mine.

This project is on my 2015 Q1 Finish-A-Long list.
Linking up with Fabric Tuesday.